Big (expensive) Ape Crap

Hello to you.

Unbeknown to many, I’ve got this strange fetish towards stuffed plushies. Useless and totally unnecessary, they sit in my home with no purpose whatsoever other than to age and gain a thin layer of grey from the dust. During high school, a chick came and looked in my room and told me it looked like a girls room, after judging by the amount of stuffed animals that were in it. Let’s keep in mind here that my sister owns a few. However, I would say I own just as much as her, simply on the basis that I store some of it in my room and she has yet to challenge my supposed ownership of these items. That’s how things work over here I guess.

I saw this thing yesterday, apparently the BAPE brand is celebrating 15 years of designing obscenely expensive boutique stuff, and this Baby Milo has not been spared from this cruel trend: 118,000 yen, or around $1600 Canadian. But think of it this way prospective buyers: It’s a fucking massive monkey that will sit in your home and will at least provoke some response from your 3 year old sibling or cousin. When I was that small I wish I had something gigantic like that towering over me. That would have been epic.

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Posted: January 24th, 2009
Categories: Fashion and Art
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Comments: 14 Comments.
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Comment from Tiff - January 24, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Thats too awesome! But i can’t afford that! 1600?! Shit. i have quite a few stuffed animals myself. But i never thought matt lee would be one of them. I guess we have more in common than I even imagined. However, On this Baby Milo, their stuff is expensive shit in every aspect from clothing, accessories to stuffed monkeys. In the End i’ll probably end up selling their items for the price I would have paid. Luck bastards. The only brand I’ve ever become a HUGE fan of was Paul Frank… AND that is EXPENSIVE.

Comment from Tiff - January 24, 2009 at 1:25 PM

damn it… Lucky Bastard. shit for horrible typing.

Comment from sammie - January 25, 2009 at 3:26 AM

OMG it IS pretty darn cute.. but I am still highly against you spending such a large portion of money on a stuffed animal. I was recently forced to put away all my stuff animals (Jess did it for/to me) because of their lack of function and collection of dust =( Why don’t you take that money and meet me in NYC in April instead!

Comment from Matt - January 25, 2009 at 9:20 AM

@sammie: put away as in PUT DOWN as in THROW AWAY?? =(

never my friend, never. even if the money would be going to a greater cause, the sentimental value these pieces of crap have is too much for a week long romp in the greatest city in the world.

Comment from c - January 25, 2009 at 1:56 PM

that is a pretty awesome monkey! how big is it exactly?! i’d trade in my big stuffed animals for him any day! except my pooh bear.

Comment from Matt - January 25, 2009 at 3:35 PM

@c: 90cm tall 57cm wide. not sure how big that is but i’d have to whip out my ruler to get a visual on the grandness of that… if 90cm is big at all.

Comment from Anonymous - January 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

that’s three yellow elementary school rulers tall! That’s how I put it into terms I can understand hah

Not throw away!!! I’d kill if she did that!!! Their new home is a big plastic bag where I can’t admire them. Except my sock monkey and malfie are at the end of my bed.

Comment from Dak - January 25, 2009 at 10:31 PM

If it came in a mini, and cheaper version I’d pick it up for the car!

Comment from sammie - January 25, 2009 at 10:58 PM

oops anonymous is me hah

Comment from Jamie - January 26, 2009 at 3:40 PM

I’m a stuffed animal fan myself – my sister (who works for Vanoc) just bought me a wonder MukMuk doll. When I was 10 I saved all my money to buy a Muffy Vanderbear for $70 (I just know checked eBay and it only goes for 8 bucks). I think you need this http://idunited.com/2008/11/19/takashi-murakami-flower-ball-gigantic-stuffed-animal/ Marc Jacobs has one.

Comment from Matt - January 26, 2009 at 8:41 PM

@Jamie: Dude that is too freakin’ cool. I am in pursuit of finding out a price for that thing, if it is at all on sale. that thing reminds me of one of my favourite games, katamari damacy.

edit: eh… I guess not. It’s a piece of an art exhibit, not an actual product showcase. I hope I’m wrong and I see this thing available online. Imagine a foot long ball rolling around in my house?

Comment from Jamie - January 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM

The benefit of a giant Murakami ball rolling around your house is that because it is padded it won’t make a mark on your mom’s dinning room table when it crashes into it. However, I think you have commission the master himself to make it for you. You can though get awesome Murakami pillows for under $200: http://www.unicahome.com/p19255/flower-cushion-by-murakami.html

Comment from Matt - January 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

@Jamie: super nice. btw, have you seen the prints made by him too? i don’t know the price, but when it says ‘inquire’ instead of giving you an immediate figure, i’m guessing it’s in the filthy rich zone.

Comment from Jamie - January 27, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Hah yep, Kanye’s pad is full of his prints so you know they are expensive. If you want to look at Murakami prints for free go to the oversized books section on the 4th floor of the SFU library and find this book – N 7359 M87 A4 2007 – your mind will be blown away, son. PS I took a two day break from homework and actually updated my blog on the weekend 🙂